This workbook gives students an introduction to the topic of ecosystems through learning about food chains, feeding levels, food webs, niches and nutrient cycles. It covers the linkages between organisms and highlights the interconnection of life on Earth. It also covers some key environmental issues such as global warming, acid rain and deforestation. It is designed to lead students towards a social change by suggesting and emphasising ways that everyone can positively impact upon the environment, no matter if it’s a single person or a whole community.
This workbook is focused on aspects of levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Science Curriculum.
This workbook gives students a good base to build on in terms of basic biology and environmental science. It aims to improve students’ personal awareness of what is going on around them and how their actions can have an effect on our Earth.
The literacy tasks in this workbook encourage the students to read for meaning, scan material, select appropriate information and understand key words. The inclusion of mini-research projects prepares students for what is required in the Senior Sciences.
The numeracy tasks involve number skills, drawing kite diagrams, graphing data and reading tables accurately. These are all vital skills in the Sciences and beyond.
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Specific Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students should be able to:
- describe the differences between a population, community, ecosystem and biosphere, and give examples of each.
- read and interpret food chains and food webs.
- describe the links between organisms shown on a food chain or food web.
- explain the interconnectedness of Earth’s ecosystems and the impact of change on these ecosystems.
- draw pyramids of numbers, biomass and energy for a given food chain.
- describe the different types of recycling and list the positives and negatives of it.
- define pollution and describe the different types (including: water, land and air).
- use data to draw a kite diagram and interpret it to write basic conclusions.
- describe in detail the niche of a given organism, with specific reasons for any adaptations.
- define what makes a pest or a weed and explain why some organisms are described as common New Zealand pests and weeds.
- read and interpret the water, carbon and nitrogen cycles.
- describe how acid rain is produced and the effects that it has on ecosystems.
- compare renewable and non-renewable fuel sources.
- identify the causes and impacts of major environmental issues (including climate change, global warming, deforestation, ozone hole and greenhouse effect).
- list ways that as individuals and groups we can make a positive impact on the Earth.
- read and interpret information from a text with a science focus.
- write mini-research projects using scientific text.
Student Workbook: 48 pages
Teacher’s Guide: 64 pages
Free* Downloadable Resource: 11 pages
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